regulationreg‧u‧la‧tion1 /ˌreɡjəˈleɪʃən/ ●●○W3AWL noun1[countable]PGSCL an official rule or orderThere seem to be so many rules and regulations these days.regulation onnew regulations on importsregulations governing the safety of toysbuilding/planning/fire/health regulationsThe local authority is introducing new planning regulations.All companies must comply with the regulations.under ... regulationsUnder the new regulations, all staff must have safety training.► see thesaurus at rule2[uncountable]RULE/REGULATION control over something, especially by rulesregulation ofthe regulation of public spendingCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + regulationsstrict/stringent/toughThe regulations surrounding the handling of nuclear waste are very strict.safety regulationsEvery railway has complex safety regulations.government/federal regulationsSmall businessman are fed up with government regulations.building regulations (=relating to the structure of buildings)The Building Regulations no longer specify minimum ceiling heights.environmental regulationsThe Bill stipulated some of the toughest environmental regulations yet seen in the industrial world.planning regulations (=relating to what buildings can be built in an area)The house must be demolished because it does not conform to planning regulations.hygiene regulations (=relating to keeping restaurants, hotel kitchens etc clean)Hygiene regulations stipulate that the caterer must use suitable equipment. statutory regulations (=that are fixed or controlled by law)All government bodies are bound by statutory regulations on, for instance, race and sex discrimination.verbscomply with/meet/conform to regulationsHotel kitchens must comply with these regulations.break regulationsThe penalties for breaking the regulations were severe.make regulationsThe Secretary of State can make safety regulations governing the making of goods.tighten regulations (=make them stricter)The president is expected to announce new efforts to tighten gun-control regulations.relax regulations (=make them less strict)He has voted in favor of relaxing environmental regulations.regulations apply to somethingThe regulations also apply to new buildings.regulations govern something (=apply to something)There are regulations governing the safety of toys.regulations stipulate something (=state what must be done)The hospital regulations stipulate minimum staffing levels.phrasesrules and regulationsWe must reduce the number of rules and regulations.
regulation• a regulation nine-hole golf courseFrom Longman Business Dictionaryregulationreg‧u‧la‧tion /ˌregjəˈleɪʃən/ noun1[countable]LAW an official rule or orderThe company was found to be in breach of (=to be breaking) health and safety regulations.Tighter regulations are being introduced to protect the environment from car exhaust emissions. →building regulation2[singular, uncountable] control over something, especially by rulesthe regulation of public spendingCity regulation has failed to deal with insider-dealing and market manipulation.There needs to be tighter regulation of advertisements for drugs. →statutory regulation